BPR (Beats Per Revolution) is a multi-movement work—a collaboration between beat box master Rahzel (formerly of the Roots) and pioneering electric violist/composer Martha Mooke. The text is drawn from current events and popular culture, as well as references to the Beats, Gil Scott Heron, and more.
Martha Mooke, composer and electroacoustic violist, is a pioneer in the field of electric five string viola, transcending musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing, and improvisation. A Yamaha, Eventide, and Thomastik-Infeld Artist, she is a leading clinician on electric and progressive approaches to string playing.
Mooke has toured internationally as a member of Barbra Streisand's acclaimed orchestra during the 2006, 2007, and 2012 tours. She has performed with Sir Elton John, Bon Jovi, Moby, Enya, Tony Bennett, Al DiMeola, John Cale, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and many others. Mooke has appeared on The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and more.
Martha Mooke is founder, violist and Music Director of The Scorchio Quartet. They have performed with David Bowie, Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Regina Spektor, Moby, Trey Anastasio, and Ziggy Marley, among others. Scorchio was the House Quartet for the annual Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall, and they also appear on David Bowie's 2002 release, Heathen.
Mooke has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and Arts International, among others.
Her solo debut Enharmonic Vision and the Café Mars CD (by the duo Bowing, Martha's collaboration with guitarist Randolph Hudson, III) have attracted wide critical acclaim. She is currently recording her next solo CD. marthamooke.com
Two-time Grammy Awarding winning Vocal Percussionist Rahzel has mastered, then re-defined, the art of beatboxing in the new millennium, emerging as a true virtuoso in this quintessential musical art form. Rahzel is most popularly known as member emeritus of hip hop's cutting edge live band, The Roots, but has lent his talents to musical artists of all genres.
Known for his ability to sing or rap while simultaneously beatboxing, as evidenced in his performances of "Iron Man" and his signature song "If Your Mother Only Knew", his talents are showcased in various solo projects as well as on Ben Harper's 2000 single, "Steal My Kisses." He also provided his own voice on video games SSX and SSX Tricky.
A highly sought after vocalist, Rahzel has collaborated by touring, recording, producing, writing or performing with such artist as Angelique Kidjo, Beastie Boys, Beck, Ben Harper, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Boosty Collins, Brandford Marsalis, Christina Aguilera, Common, Cee Lo Green, Dave Chapelle, Erykah Badu, Everlast, Faith no More, John Legend, Lou Reed, Michelle N'Degeocello, Mike Patton, Maroon 5, Mix Master Mike, Methods of Mayhem, Nona Hendrix, Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Toots and the Maytals, The Crystal Method, and The Who.
Part of the Beats Per Revolution Residency
Supported by the Isaiah Sheffer Fund for New Initiatives